Born in Bismarck, North Dakota, in 1945, he began sketching at an early age. His family moved to Frazee, Minnesota, and then to San Diego, California
Torzeski draws his inspiration from landscapes he encounters in his travels around the world, from Indonesia, China, Singapore, and Malaysia to Japan, Canada, and the former Soviet Union. His paintings also pay homage to the natural grandeur of America’s national parks and the rugged terrain of the border states near Mexico, one of the last true frontiers in the world with its visually stunning, untouched countryside.
His paintings have been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution, the UCLA Hammer Museum, and the Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles, as well as in private and corporate collections worldwide.
His work has also been featured in magazines such as Southwest Art, television programs such as Inside San Diego and Sun Up, in the San Diego Natural History Museum’s Dos Aguilas/Two Eagles international festival, and in art programming for United States International University (now Alliant International University) in San Diego.